SAP Concur’s new car rental booking tool, scheduled for release later this year, will feature tools to help travelers make more sustainable transportation choices, Concur Travel president Charlie Sultan said in a memo released today.
The upgraded tool’s features will include search filter capabilities for hybrid and electric vehicles, as well as vehicle emissions guidelines to give travelers more control over the environmental impact of their trip, Sultan said. The addition of capabilities coincides with the results of the latest SAP Concur Global Business Travel Survey of 3,850 business travelers, which showed that 94 percent said they planned to take steps over the next year to reduce the environmental impact of their travel.
The new tool will also drive “process efficiency through improved error avoidance while adding new ways to explore car rental options across all suppliers, both on-airport and off-airport,” Sultan said.
The new rental car booking experience is part of a complete re-platforming of Concur Travel, for which Concur has hired more than 200 engineers and product managers, Sultan said. He called it “one of the most significant development investments ever made in the history of SAP Concur.”
Concur launched a new rail experience last year and the car rental experience will be followed by a hotel booking experience in early 2023 that will include “an enhanced [user experience] with features including better imaging and improved filtering and sorting capabilities,” said Sultan. The airline’s booking component will arrive at next summer’s Business Travel Association Global Convention, with “an experience of revamped user experience, improved content and a better ability for travelers to compare amenities across products,” he said.
Sultan added that the re-platforming work goes beyond the booking tool.
“We are building the travel platform of the future, across all travel products and partners,” said Sultan. “It was built from the ground up using the latest microservices technology, which allows Concur Travel to be even more scalable, reliable and flexible. It enables us to efficiently deploy innovative features, launch the SAP Concur suite of products next-generation travel and deliver a streamlined ecosystem and platform that will enable an integrated end-to-end travel experience, whether users are on desktop or mobile.”